Abu Dhabi: Unfazed by the UN commission’s inquiry report over former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, which directly indicts him and his regime for the crime, former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf has said he has one final bullet in his pistol which he will use for his defence in the case.
Musharraf rejected the UN report, saying it contained no new information.
According to sources, Musharraf held a meeting with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Insaf group) chief Farooq Malik here, and told him that even he had been targeted by suicide bombers on number of occasions.
Musharraf also rubbished reports that Bhutto was not provided foolproof security during her election campaign in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007, the day she was killed in a gun and bomb attack.
“Despite being provided best security, Benazir Bhutto could not be saved,” The Nation quoted Musharraf, as saying.
It may be noted that the UN enquiry commission’s report has blamed the then Musharraf government of ‘deliberately’ failing to probe the December 2007 suicide attack, saying the tragedy could have been averted if adequate security arrangements would have been made.
“The Musharraf government failed to provide foolproof security to Ms Bhutto which ultimately allowed a lethal assault on her. The security breach left wide-open room for an attack to happen,” the report said in its opening remarks.
Musharraf also called cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan a ‘political goof’, and said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief would barely win a seat in the elections.
Referring to people like Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, who has been stressing on the former general’s trial, he said ‘such elements were actually scared of him’, and that like a true soldier he would prefer ‘martyrdom’ rather than surrendering.
First Published: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 10:43